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Dr Virginia Thorley, OAM, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant


How much fluid does a breastfeeding mother need?

Posted on September 26, 2015 at 2:02 AM
It is good to see more people are carrying refillable water bottles - computers on the train, school kids, breastfeeding Mums, fitness fans, busy Mums on the go, bike riders. It is one of those positive practices that has sprung up, to maintain hydration conveniently - without having to look for a drinking fountain or a shop. It's also good for the environment. So it is win/win.
Keeping the water bottle hygienic I guess means one user - not sharing it - and regular washing and draining it to dry it. On days that I use a water bottle I wash it in really hot water at the end of the day, before refilling it. When I have time I try to remember to let it drain on the sink, not every day, before refilling it. What do others do?

Other fluids:
Earlier in this blog I mentioned soup as a way of drinking enough fluid. I'd love to have your comments about your favourite soup - chicken soup, pumpkin soup, congee, or other soups. While I enjoy many soups, I particularly enjoy the pumpkin and sweet potato or pumpkin and lentil soup in a cafe on campus.  It's my occasional treat.
Do YOU have a favourite soup recipe you want to share, or a story about why you enjoy it?

Categories: How much fluid do I need?

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Reply Virginia Thorley
6:18 AM on September 26, 2015 
Please pardon the typo on the first line. I didn't notice that I typed "computers", when of course I meant "commuters".
Reply Virginia Thorley
3:02 AM on November 8, 2015 
Keeping hydrated - drinking enough.
If you live in northern Australia or other hot climates in the Southern Hemisphere, don't forget to take a reusable water bottle with you when you are out and about. With summer here and high temperatures, especially before thunderstorms, you'll need it!
(Me? I should take my own advice! I left my water bottle at home in the fridge one scorching day! To make it easier, I've just bought myself a second reusable water bottle. Now I can have one in the fridge and carry the other.)
Reply vividbaby
3:49 AM on March 14, 2016 
thankyou very much for your post, drinking enough water even the more the better is always good for our health
Reply Virginia Thorley
1:50 AM on October 8, 2017 
It is hot again here in Queensland, 41.1 degrees in my city one day in early-October. So this topic is relevant again.


No one has taken my up on offering comments on a favourite soup, or a recipe for a favourite soup. Soup is such a good way of getting plenty of fluid in hot weather. (Why, oh why, do we think of it as a cold weather dish?) With vegetables and some protein (such as chicken or beans) it cam be a good substitute for a heavy meal on a hot day.
There are so many yummy soups. What is yours?
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9:44 AM on April 30, 2018 
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8:13 AM on June 5, 2018 
Refillable water bottles are pretty practical nowadays. Everyone must drink more water to prevent dehydration. It is also good to detox your water with a little lemon or a sliced fruit of your choice to keep a healthy lifestyle. It is not appropriate to share your water bottle with others because it can be a source of diseases and spreading viruses. Especially when you are pregnant, the water that you drink is not only for you, but for your baby too.
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3:40 AM on June 8, 2018 
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3:54 PM on June 19, 2018 
Keeping ourselves healthy and fit requires us to consume a lot of water. We need at least two glasses of water in the morning, afternoon, night and another two before we go to sleep. It would be a big inconvenience to stop what you are doing and look for a water fountain or a store where you could buy your water. It will definitely be easier to carry a refillable water bottle with you. Also, it would save you a lot of money.